Q.Why is the bark peeling on my newly planted crape mrytle?
The crape mrytle was planted about a month ago. We have had very dry conditions in Maryland and I have watered it almost every day. The bark is peeling in strips down near the base of the tree. Have I overwatered?
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How old is the tree? This natural for a mature crepe myrtle tree. This article will help explain: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/bark-shedding-crepe-myrtle.htm
I have several crape mrytle trees in my yard. the bark peels off every summer but does not harm the tree. My guess is the old bark is shed to make room for new bark underneath.